The debate in Victoria on city water security is shifting - lots of news in media on how water recycling
is the best way forward - cost effective and low eco-damage and very healthy for people.
So, given Brisbane is about to be the first city feed in recycled water into their city water supply dams, how do you feel about recently released Water price plans from the Essential Services Commission, where we all pay through the nose for destructive mega-projects like desal & north-south pipeline.
Clearly the private operators in the “PPP” projects are going to make a big profits on our water - this is a phenomena that has occurrred all around the world - and now it’s being thrust on us (with NO SAY) - When does the water bill boycott start ??
The Victorian Water Forum representatives will present to the Parliamentary Water Inquiry on November 10th. They will show that people in the South central region of Victoria could be paying much less than current Brumby plan’s multi-billion budget - through an upgrade of the big treatment plants at Carrum & Werribee, -giving a similar “rainfall independent” security of supply but with the DOUBLE BENEFIT of stopping the huge nitrogen dumping that occurs from Werribee & Carrm ocean outfalls, PLUS no destruction of a new section of coast (Bass Coast Shire) to make a desal mega-factory that is proposed to dump chemical laden waste into a heritage area.
Write to the Age ABC/ Herald/local paper/question your local State member, “Why should I pay for the crazy, wild Brumby’s water plan ??
Clean Ocean Foundation released their fact sheet recently comparing purified waste water & desalination using public data - purified comes up way ahead …
Watershed is a founding member of Victorian Water Forum which launched on 21 October 2008 with a publicly released position statement followed by the VWF Media Launch and a statement, several days later
The position statement (click on image at side) demonstrates the growing unity amongst communities across Victoria fed up with Brumby/Holding bullying and having daft mega-projects dumped on them , and showing the bully boys how to do the job properly: recycling trumps desalination and stealing from the Murray Darling Basin. The States’ own reports say this !! (More on that in future press releases and in a debate near YOU…